“𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚁𝚎𝚍𝚎𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚛 𝚂𝚑𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚉𝚒𝚘𝚗”
Early in His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ visited a synagogue in Nazareth, the village where He was raised.
There He stood to read from the scriptures, opened the book of Isaiah, and read what we now know as Isaiah 61:1–2.
He then announced, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” This was one of the Savior’s most straightforward declarations that He was the Anointed One, who would “heal the brokenhearted” and “preach deliverance to the captives” (see Luke 4:16–21).
This scripture was indeed fulfilled on that day. And, like many other prophecies of Isaiah, it continues to be fulfilled in our day.
The Savior continues to heal all the brokenhearted who come unto Him.
There are yet many captives to whom deliverance must be preached. And there is a glorious future to prepare for—a time when the Lord will “create new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17) and “cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations” (Isaiah 61:11).
Reading Isaiah opens our eyes to what the Lord has already done, what He is doing, and what He will yet do for His people.
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: Jesus in the Synagogue at Nazareth, by Greg K. Olsen
Close your eyes, and take some time to center your body and mind with a few deep breaths. Let’s imagine you’ve come to a hallway. On the left side of the hallway is a door. On the right side is another door. The one on the right has a little sign that reads, “Behind this door is someone who has hurt you.” Imagine who might be behind this door. What did they do to hurt you? Engraved on the doorknob are the words, “Open to forgive.” How much do you want to open this door? And how much do you want to keep it closed? Now, turn around and face the door on the left side of the hallway. It also has a sign. It reads, “Behind this door is someone you have hurt.” Who do you think might be behind this door? What did you do to hurt them? And how did it make them feel? Engraved on this doorknob are the words, “Open to be forgiven.” How much do you want to open this door? Now, look further down the hallway. There are many, many doors on the right and left. How does your desire to be forgiven affect your desire to forgive? And what can you do today to begin forgiving?
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